The trading card industry started off 2021 with a bang.
An extremely rare 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card sold for a record-setting $5.2 million, it was announced Thursday.
Venture capitalist Rob Gough bought the Mantle, which was last sold by retired NFL lineman Evan Mathis in 2018 for $2.88 million.
This particular PSA 9 1952 Topps Mantle is one of six with an authenticity grade of 9 out of 10. The three “10” cards are reportedly in “strong hands.”
The trading card industry entered the year riding a monumental 2020:
- A 2009 Mike Trout rookie card sold for a then-record $3.94 million.
- A 1979 Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for a hockey-record $1.29 million.
- A 2003 LeBron James rookie card sold for a basketball-record $1.8 million.
- That record was quickly erased when a Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card sold for $1.86 million.
Sports cards have generated lots of buzz over the past year as investors work toward further legitimizing the asset class.
Gough told Forbes the Mantle deal was “a steal.”